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Hawaiian Eco-tour Boat In Service

Earlier this year, Hawaii’s Pacific Whale Watch Foundation took delivery of their latest catamaran, the M/V Ocean Discovery, from Island Boats of Jeanerettt, La. Like the earlier, Seattle-built M/V Ocean Voyager, a pair of Cummins KTA19 M4 engines delivering 700 hp each to propellers powers the new vessel. The engines on the new boat turn through Twin Disc “Quickshift” gearboxes allowing the vessel to be stopped and reversed quickly in emergency situations without harming the passengers. The vessel’s varied seating arrangement provides excellent viewing of the Hawaiian scenery and aquatic life at speeds up to 26-knots. At 65 by 28-feet the new boat has seating for 163 and is licensed to a passenger capacity up to 149 people. An interesting innovation on this vessel is the use of a soft composite material to cover the rudders and skegs in front of the props to protect any marine life in the event of a collision. The boat’s builder had the molds for the rubber polymar coated rudders made by APEX CNC of Morgan City, La. Greg Kaufman, president and founder of Pacific Whale Foundation, explains, "Our goal was to create something that was simple yet elegant in its design. We wanted a device that would not inhibit the vessel's maneuverability and present little mass or surface area with which to collide with marine life."


Emerging from Fog

By Larry Pearson The various segments of the passenger vessel industry have undergone significant transformation in the last 12 months. It looks stronger as we head into the last six months of the year with ferries and charter yachts leading the way. Frankly, a year ago the passenger vessel industry was in some disarray faced with developing a security plan to meet the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 passed in Congress in wake of terrorism threats


Bullfrog Delivers Rescue Boat

Bullfrog Boats delivered a 17-ft. rescue boat to Camano Island Fire and Rescue. Craig Henderson, owner of Bullfrog Boats said, “The people at Camano Island Fire and Rescue were great to work with in developing this mission-specific rescue boat. This boat replaces an older inflatable that had outlived its usefulness.” Henderson continued, “Our 17-foot aluminum-hulled boat, with Bullfrog’s patented foam-filled flotation collar, is a very durable


South Padre Island Gets New Law Enforcement Boat

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas, glide through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a 33-foot high-speed boat here on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The station received three of these new boats in July of this year to increase the unit's law enforcement capabilities. The boat features three engines with 275 hp each. "These boats are changing the way we do interdictions," said Chief Petty Officer Andrea Martynowski, operatons chief at Station South Padre Island


Opal Receives Awards

Opal Marine, the UK’s largest sailboat distributor has collected a host of awards for outstanding sales of Island Packet yachts in the UK. The awards were presented to Island Packet Sales Director, Bob Stokes during the recent annual Island Packet dealer’s banquet and awards ceremony in Annapolis, USA. For the third year in a row Opal picked up the “Million Dollar Club” award which is aimed at an elite group of dealers who have succeeded in


Great Lakes Shipyard Reconstructs Put-In-Bay

Photo courtesy The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Group, has completed all work required under contract with Miller Boat Line, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to fabricate and install a new 40-ft mid-body extension in the passenger/vehicle ferry Put-in-Bay. The contract was awarded on August 17, 2009, and all work was completed at Great Lakes Shipyard facilities on the South Bank of the Old River Channel, on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River.


LI Ferry Accident

Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing ferry passenger after two people were reported unaccounted for, and a 65-ft. paving truck fell off the ferry Susan Anne less than one mile off Orient Point, Long Island, N.Y., 10 a.m. today. A crew from a second ferry in the vicinity responded and initially recovered one person from the water deceased. The victim was then transferred by the crew of the Susan Anne to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, Long Island, N.Y


Blount Boats Awarded Contract for Casco Bay Ferry

Blount Boats, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Maine Department of Transportation to build a 110-ft passenger ferry for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. The design specifications are similar to the Aucocisco III, which were developed by Seaworthy Systems. The proposed 399 passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel will operate year round ferry service to islands in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. The vessel will be equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the latest


Report: Ferries Remain Vulnerable to Attacks

The Advance reported that while terrorist attacks on Staten Island's bridges would be difficult, experts say, the Staten Island Ferry remains a high-profile, vulnerable target. Harvey Kushner, a Long Island University professor of criminal justice and a federal government counterterrorism adviser, said the payoff for terrorists would be the sea disaster spectacle value. Officials said city ferries remain vulnerable despite the post-9/11 ban on trucks and cars


MarAd Approves Sale and Transfer of Five Vessels

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has approved the sale and transfer of five vessels under section 9 of the Shipping Act, of 1916, as amended. MarAd has approved an application filed by Zapata Gulf Pacific, L.L.C., of New Orleans, Louisiana for the sale of the offshore supply Adam Tide Official No. 1062708, to Tidewater Boat Limited, New Orleans, Louisiana, a Cayman Island corporation, and the transfer of said vessel to Vanuatu registry and flag.


Huge Iceberg Broken off Antarctica Heads for Open Ocean

Pine Island Glacier rift seen from the Digital Mapping System camera aboard NASAs DC-8 on Oct. 26, 2011 (Image Credit: NASA / DMS)

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan - one of the largest now in existence - that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean. NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg covers about 255 square miles (660 square


NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season

Photo courtesy of NOAA

New data will update nautical charts around the country. As sure as spring arrives, NOAA vessels and independent contractors are hitting the seas for the nation's 180th hydrographic surveying season, collecting data for over two thousand square nautical miles in high-traffic U.S. coastal waters


BMT, Ares Deliver Luxury Passenger Ferries

Photo courtesy of BMT

BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, and Ares Shipyard announced that the first two boats of a series of eight luxury passenger ferries destined for Qatar, have been completed and delivered to the customer. BMT worked closely with Ares Shipyard to produce an innovative design with


Ill-fated Korean Ferry May Have Been Going too Fast

It should have been plain sailing for a South Korean ferry carrying hundreds of children and their teachers on an outing to the sub-tropical island of Jeju, an annual trip for Danwon High School. The Sewol had 476 passengers and crew on board, including 339 children and teachers


Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide the country with any help it needs to perform rescue operations. Rescuers are battling strong waves and murky waters as they


Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

(Courtesy SEACOR Marine)

Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


Libya's Coastguard Detains 400 Immigrants

Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday.   The coastguard picked up five boatloads of people


Search Continues for Missing Skiff near Ujae Atoll

A graphic of the search area for the missing skiff near the Ujae Atoll using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person in the water. (USCG graphic)

The U.S. Coast Guard said continues its search for a skiff with two people aboard near Ujae Atoll, Wednesday. Assisting in the search is an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and


Second Barge Grounds near Long Boat Key

A 140-foot barge is shown beached on Long Boat Key, Fla., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Due to weather conditions, the barge spuds were unable to hold the barge in position and it began drifting until it ran aground on the beach at Long Boat Key. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to a second grounded barge near Long Boat Key, Fla., from a tugboat that was beset by heavy weather Tuesday. Due to deteriorating weather, the barge spuds were unable to keep the 140-foot barge from drifting to the beach


Barge Runs Aground Near Anna Maria

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A 180-foot barge ran aground on Anna Maria Island after breaking free from a tug boat early Tuesday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 2 a.m., Tuesday, that the operator of tug Abe H was having difficulty steering due to weather and was unable


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


USCG Rescues Three from Burning Boat

The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water after their boat caught fire near Shinnecock, N.Y. The fire engulfed the 36-foot cabin cruiser and the three people abandoned the vessel into the water to swim to their deployed life raft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Adam Long)

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued three people from the water after their boat caught fire near Shinnecock, N.Y., Sunday. A good samaritan contacted the communications center at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound reporting a vessel on fire near the Shinnecock Inlet


Update: Response Efforts Continue on South Matagorda Island

Photo courtesy of Texas City Y Response

Effective shoreline clean-up efforts are on-going, Saturday, along Mustang, South Matagorda and North Padre islands in response to the Texas City oil spill. As of sunset Friday, response workers have removed a total of 200,775 pounds of oiled sand and oiled debris from the shorelines of Mustang


USN Awards General Dynamics $11 Million for Support Services

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


 
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